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By Lauren Hill | April 4 2017
This month, Rolls-Royce unveiled a new collection of Wraith cars that’s unlike any they’ve come up with before. For this new series, nine ‘Inspired by British Music’ models have been designed in collaboration with some of Britain’s most iconic musicians who each have a love for Rolls-Royce cars. Roger Daltrey CBE of The Who, Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks and record producer Giles Martin are among those who played a part, along with Francis Rossi OBE of Status Quo and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.
To celebrate the legacy of Britain’s revered rock and vocal artists, each of these bespoke cars has been given unique design touches that reflect the rock star it was designed alongside and in honor of. As each musician was invited to the home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, they worked closely with the designers to express their music legacy.
While album art from Tommy by The Who features on the bonnet of one of the two cars created by Roger Daltrey, Sir Ray Davis selected lyrics from songs by The Kinks to be engraved on the door-flights in the style of his own handwriting. Francis Rossi OBE then celebrates five decades of Status Quo by having the band’s distinct guitars embroidered on the front headrests, with imagery from the album Hello stitched into the car’s leather waterfall.
Each of these unique hand-made models will be sold later in 2017, with a proportion of the value donated to a charity chosen by the musician each car represents. The Teenage Cancer Trust will be among these chosen causes.